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A long life among ruminants: giraffids and other special cases


Müller, D W H; Zerbe, P; Codron, D; Clauss, Marcus; Hatt, J M (2011). A long life among ruminants: giraffids and other special cases. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 153(11):515-519.

Abstract

In order to investigate differences in the relative maximum longevity and other life history parameter between ruminant species, we collated data on mean body mass, maximum longevity, gestation period and newborn mass in wild ruminant and camelid species. Among ruminants, giraffids (giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis and okapi Okapia johnstoni) have particularly high longevities, long gestation periods, and low intrauterine growth rates. A particularly high absolute and relative longevity is also achieved by the anoa (Bubalus depressicornis), a member of the bovinae (cattle-type ruminants) and an insular dwarf (inhabiting the Indonesian island of Sulawesi). The fact that some (but not all) other small ruminants also achieve surprisingly high longevities leads to the hypothesis that extreme relative longevities in this group are an indication for secondary body size reduction.

In order to investigate differences in the relative maximum longevity and other life history parameter between ruminant species, we collated data on mean body mass, maximum longevity, gestation period and newborn mass in wild ruminant and camelid species. Among ruminants, giraffids (giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis and okapi Okapia johnstoni) have particularly high longevities, long gestation periods, and low intrauterine growth rates. A particularly high absolute and relative longevity is also achieved by the anoa (Bubalus depressicornis), a member of the bovinae (cattle-type ruminants) and an insular dwarf (inhabiting the Indonesian island of Sulawesi). The fact that some (but not all) other small ruminants also achieve surprisingly high longevities leads to the hypothesis that extreme relative longevities in this group are an indication for secondary body size reduction.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Farm Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:04 Nov 2011 08:28
Last Modified:11 Sep 2016 07:54
Publisher:Hans Huber
ISSN:0036-7281
Additional Information:dedicated to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ueli Braun for his 60th birthday
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1024/0036-7281/a000263
Official URL:http://www.verlag-hanshuber.com/zeitschriften/journal.php?abbrev=SAT&show=abstract&abstract=32804
PubMed ID:2045457
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-50629

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